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WILLMAR — Donations are being accepted for the fourth annual Bella Project Prom Fair this year. The program accepts donated gowns and accessories so any girl from the area may choose an outfit for her prom free of charge. The program helps students who may not be able to afford to go to prom otherwise and it provides a way to reuse dresses that might otherwise be worn only once. The program is organized by volunteers from Willmar Senior High, but it is open to girls from any area high school. It is open to anyone, regardless of income. This year, the prom fair will be from 4 to 7 p.m.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board has cut $1 million from its budget for next year and has laid off all non-tenured teachers. The actions came at Monday’s board meeting at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. The board had discussed the budget cuts for a couple months, and it was adjusted after each discussion. Monday evening, the final list was approved without discussion.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board meets at 4:30 p.m. today in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center. The board is expected to discuss and then act on a package of budget cuts proposed for the next school year. The calendar for the next school is also on the agenda, along with approval of a revised budget for the current school year. In an annual exercise, the board will consider resolutions to lay off non-tenured teachers.
WILLMAR — A sheet of plywood, plastic sheeting, staples and, of course, duct tape — those things and a leaf blower engine are the main ingredients in being able to float across a gym floor. Well, that and someone who can show you what to do with all of it. That leads to screaming, laughter and smiles so big they seem ready to crack the wearer’s face. Krista Lautenschlager, Kandiyohi County 4-H coordinator, led a group of eight Roosevelt Elementary students through the steps last week to build two hovercraft.
WILLMAR — A presentation on the May 19 bond referendum in the Willmar Public Schools will be shown next week on WRAC public access cable. The district has been making presentations to staff members to explain the $52.3 million proposed building project and $7.75 million proposed field house. One of the presentations was recorded for WRAC, to give community members another opportunity to learn about the referendum.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board is seeking public input in the search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard is retiring June 30. The board is planning to interview candidates in April and have Kjergaard’s successor working in the district by July 1. The survey may be found on the district’s website, willmar.k12.mn.us, and is available in English, Spanish and Somali. Anyone who wants a paper copy of the survey may contact Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt at 320-231-8551 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Surveys should be completed by 11 p.m.
WILLMAR — Minnesota’s state college system has said it supports Ridgewater College President Douglas Allen. Allen came under fire at the end of the week when the community college’s faculty passed a vote of no confidence in his leadership Thursday evening. According to Sam Nelson, president of Minnesota State College Faculty-Ridgewater, the decision to take the vote followed eight years of efforts to improve communication with Allen.
WILLMAR — The faculty of Ridgewater College has said through a union vote Thursday that it has no confidence in the leadership of President Douglas Allen. According to a news...
WILLMAR -- The faculty of Ridgewater College has said through a vote Thursday that it has no confidence in the leadership of President Douglas Allen. According to a news release from the faculty union, the vote was passed overwhelmingly. No vote tally was provided in the release. Ridgewater has campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson. “The outstanding faculty of Ridgewater College remains committed to excellence.